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i7 2600k + P8P67, Cooling Suggestions?

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Hey everybody,

Today I just installed my brand new i7 2600k, to replace my old i5 2500k. The idea was to increase video rendering times; but so far I have not seen any improvement.

Additionally, my temperatures were quite bad right after the install, and have since only dropped down to 63ish while under a full load, on stock settings, with the i7 stock fan. (Initially they rose as high as 70-80, but after about an hour it has dropped to the aforementioned temps)

I purchased the Zalman CNPS5X, however today's installation did not go so well. The heat sinks on my motherboard were in the way of one of the fan's clips, so I couldn't fully install it.
What's worse, I attempted to push-away one of the heat sinks that was in the way in order to slip the clip in (which did not work); so I'm really hoping I didn't damage anything in the process. It looks fine, and nothing snapped or broke off, so I'm assuming it's alright.

You can get a look at the heatsinks that were in the way, by looking at the pictures of the P8P67 here. The blue heatsinks I'm referring to are on the left of, and above the CPU.

So, because the rendering speeds and temperatures of my newly-installed i7 are nowhere near as good as I had wanted them to be, I'm looking to replace my stock fan and overclock the i7 to around 4.5ghz.

Additionally, I need a fan that will fit right in, like the stock fan does, without having to remove the motherboard to get it out.

Do you think this fan will work?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835103064

I would be willing to purchase two and double-stack them, as advertised is possible on the Newegg store. My case would easily fit two of the fans stacked ontop of one another.

Also, any other tips on how to improve rendering speeds is greatly appreciated.

Thanks for your input!
post #2 of 19
That cooler is complete bull**** if you plan to keep your new baby (that cost $300) @4.5 under 60c. Do not buy a $19 cooler for a $300 cpu!

If price does not matter go with:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835608014
If price does matter go with:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835118003

Stay away from closed loop water cooling sytems they are way over rated imo. If you want good cooling performance try to find a cooler with a solid, flush, one piece copper base.
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That cooler is complete bull**** if you plan to keep your new baby (that cost $300) @4.5 under 60c. Do not buy a $19 cooler for a $300 cpu!

Stay away from closed loop water cooling sytems they are way over rated imo. If you want good cooling performance try to find a cooler with a solid, flush, one piece copper base.
Agree with what is said here to some extent.

The usually recommended coolers are:

No Budget
Noctua NH-D14
Thermalright Silver Arrow
Thermalright Archon (new and excellent for its size)

Budget
CoolerMaster Hyper 212+

Personally I'd recommend you get the Archon, it's smaller than the D14 and Silver Arrow, but still can trade blows with them, plus it won't give you RAM clearance issues.
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Agree with what is said here to some extent.

The usually recommended coolers are:

No Budget
Noctua NH-D14
Thermalright Silver Arrow
Thermalright Archon (new and excellent for its size)

Budget
CoolerMaster Hyper 212+

Personally I'd recommend you get the Archon, it's smaller than the D14 and Silver Arrow, but still can trade blows with them, plus it won't give you RAM clearance issues.
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post #5 of 19
4.5ghz with HT requires some serious cooling. Anything short of LC would require an NHD14 for acceptable temps.
post #6 of 19
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I'd love to be able to pick any of those; but the biggest issue for me is not having to remove my motherboard in order to install the fan.

I had one hell of a time trying to install the motherboard to begin with; the last thing I want to do is have to undo everything and go through the same hell to get the mobo back in again. I understand this is slightly lazy on my part, but it's for a good reason. I'm not usually one to shy away from something, but I really want to avoid removing and replacing the motherboard at all costs.

So any fan suggestions that meets that simple requirement would be most appreciated.

Also, thanks a bunch for your help so far guys!
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I'd love to be able to pick any of those; but the biggest issue for me is not having to remove my motherboard in order to install the fan.

I had one hell of a time trying to install the motherboard to begin with; the last thing I want to do is have to undo everything and go through the same hell to get the mobo back in again. I understand this is slightly lazy on my part, but it's for a good reason. I'm not usually one to shy away from something, but I really want to avoid removing and replacing the motherboard at all costs.

So any fan suggestions that meets that simple requirement would be most appreciated.

Also, thanks a bunch for your help so far guys!
Understandable, what case do you have? You may not have to remove your motherboard if the case provides an adequate CPU cooler cut-out in the back of the motherboard tray.

Honestly I can't think of any good cooler that will not require you removing your motherboard for installation (or having a cut-out).
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Understandable, what case do you have? You may not have to remove your motherboard if the case provides an adequate CPU cooler cut-out in the back of the motherboard tray.

Honestly I can't think of any good cooler that will not require you removing your motherboard for installation (or having a cut-out).
I have the NZXT Apollo case.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811146025

It does not seem to have any type of cutout on the back-side, however it looks as though there is some type of way to remove the back panel completely.
You can vaguely see it in the pictures, but if you see the opaque side, it has some type of notch towards the back that looks like a handle. I followed it to the back of the case, and the panel is fastened down by two screws. Does this mean it is removable?

Is there anything I need to be aware of in removing the entire back panel? Is it *safe* to place the entire computer on its side opposite the side that the components are meant to face?

Thanks for your help!
Edited by Ownaholic - 11/4/11 at 10:38pm
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I have the NZXT Apollo case.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811146025

It does not seem to have any type of cutout on the back-side, however it looks as though there is some type of way to remove the back panel completely.
You can vaguely see it in the pictures, but if you see the opaque side, it has some type of notch towards the back that looks like a handle. I followed it to the back of the case, and the panel is fastened down by two screws. Does this mean it is removable?

Thanks for your help!
Yea there's no cut-out. I think it'd be more of a mission to remove your motherboard tray than to just remove the motherboard lol.
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Yea there's no cut-out. I think it'd be more of a mission to remove your motherboard tray than to just remove the motherboard lol.
Really? It looks like there is a way to remove the side panel completely though.
It looks like I'd just have to unscrew two screws from the back of the case that has that panel fastened down, and pull it off.
(Similar to how I would remove the front panel. But instead of thumb-screws, they're actual screws)

Or is that a no-no to completely remove the back panel?

*edit*
Nevermind. Behind the back panel is just another back panel that is riveted and non-removable. -_-

So you guys really don't think that first fan that I posted; even if I double-stack it, will be good enough?
Edited by Ownaholic - 11/4/11 at 11:00pm
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